PREBLE COUNTY, Ohio (WDTN) – A case of Hepatitis A has been identified in a KFC restaurant employee in Eaton.
Preble County Public Health officials say that while the risk to patrons is extremely low, as a precaution, anyone who has eaten at the restaurant located at 1200 N. Barron Street between February 9 and February 20 should monitor for symptoms of the virus for up to 50 days.
Symptoms of Hepatitis A include fatigue, low appetite, stomach pain, nausea, clay-colored stool, and jaundice.
A vaccine can protect you from getting sick if received within two weeks of contact with the virus.
Patrons should contact their healthcare provider with any questions or concerns.
“The restaurant management has been very cooperative and we verified all safe food handling procedures are in place,” says Health Commissioner Erik Balster.
Health officials are actively providing vaccinations to workers at KFC and say that none of them are currently ill.
A spokesperson for KFC issued a statement about the situation, saying:
Nothing is more important to us than the health and well-being of our guests and employees. Once the franchisee who owns the location received confirmation of the diagnosis, proactive steps were taken, including cleaning and sanitizing the restaurant, as well as making sure all team members are vaccinated. We appreciate the partnership of the local health department as we have worked through these measures.
The Ohio Department of Health declared a statewide outbreak of Hepatitis A in June of 2018. As of February 25, 2019, there have been 1,819 cases statewide that are linked to this outbreak.
In addition to getting a vaccine, the best way to protect yourself from Hepatitis A is to throroughly wash your hands after using the bathroom and before eating.